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Unit information: Personal and Professional Development - Year 1 in 2021/22

Unit name Personal and Professional Development - Year 1
Unit code ORDS10018
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Miss. Sarah Bain
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Year 1:

Subject areas:

  1. Law and Ethics
  2. Professional Development
  3. Personal Development (including Reflective Practice)
  4. Protection of Vulnerable Patients (including dementia awareness)


  • To provide an understanding of the requirements as a registrant for lifelong learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with relevance specifically to the working practice of the dental hygienist and therapist and the consequences of professional malpractice.
  • To promote an awareness in the student of the legal and ethical obligations of the practice of dental hygiene and therapy.
  • To provide students with an introduction to law and ethics, reflective practice, communication and research skills applicable to dentistry with a specific focus on the needs of different patient groups including children, adults, older people, and those with special care requirements.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Be familiar with the social and psychological issues relevant to the care of patients.
  2. Understand the legal and ethical obligations and responsibilities of the practice of dental hygiene and therapy.
  3. To describe the principles of an evidence-based approach to learning, clinical and professional practice and decision making.
  4. To be knowledgeable in the tenets and values surrounding obtaining appropriate reliable consent for dental procedures and care.
  5. Have an awareness of the tools required to promote a positive attitude to working as a valued member of the dental team.
  6. Have knowledge of the role of the dental team in the facilitation, provision and care of patients.
  7. Be able to discuss the importance of feedback and the benefits of reflective learning and to understand why personal development is essential throughout the registrants career in practice.
  8. Be familiar with the social and psychological issues relevant to the care of patients.
  9. The student should appreciate the need to collaborate in prevention, treatment and management of disease with other healthcare professionals and with patients themselves.
  10. Recognise the signs of abuse or neglect, describe local and national systems that safeguard welfare and understand how to raise concerns and act accordingly.

Teaching Information

Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Small group Seminars and Tutorials
  • Clinical Practice (Work based learning)
  • Guided Independent study
  • Continuous Clinical Assessment logbook/portfolio (CCA) including Reflective Practice

Teaching will use a blended learning approach delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Students will be expected to engage with all learning.

Assessment Information

Summative assessment

There is one unit assessment which must be passed.

1. Law and ethics (100% of unit total)

e-Assessment, 1 hour

Formative assessment

Students are supported in their learning by a variety of directed formative assessments with which they must engage within this unit. Overall performance will be reviewed and discussed at the School Progress committee at regular meetings x 1 per term.

1. Continuous Clinical Assessment through CAFS e-portofolio

Assessment of professionalism and student reflection for each patient seen, graded with feedback from staff and patients.

2. Personal Development Planning (PDP)

Students must demonstrate satisfactory engagement with the PDP process through the compilation of a Personal Development Portfolio and meetings with Personal Tutors.

Marks obtained in formative assessments above do not contribute to the overall unit mark but failure to complete by the stated end of term deadlines will be raised at the Progress Committee, and may be a barrier to progression.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.